Arsenal forward Mesut Ozil has extended his contract at the Emirate Stadium in a three-and-a-half year deal that would make the German earn £350,000-a-week.
The 29-year-old play maker rejected offers from Europe and the Far East, including a £22million-a-year after tax offer from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande.
However, Arsenal boss has called on the German to lead Arsenal into a bright future after committing his future to the club.
The new contract which he signed on February 1, officially puts an end to speculations and negotiations about his future with Gunners.
Wenger who encouraged Ozil to sign a new contract, believes that now is the time for the World Cup winner to step up and lead his side.
Mirror Sport quoted the French boss to say:”Many predicted he wouldn’t commit and not sign,” explained Wenger on Friday. “It is good news for us – if you can keep a player of that calibre is of course good news.
“He has committed his future to the club at a period where we are in a tricky period.
“Now we expect him to take responsibility to lead the club to success.”